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MIT Tracking Campus Net Connections Since 1999 125

An anonymous reader writes "MIT has been monitoring student internet connections for the past decade without telling them. There is no official policy and no student input." The Tech article says, though, that the record keeping is fairly limited in its scope (connection information is collected, but not the data transferred) and duration (three days, for on-campus connections).
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MIT Tracking Campus Net Connections Since 1999

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 18, 2009 @07:03PM (#27631111)

    i just wanted to monitor where you are going and what you are doing. dont worry i delete it after three days. i promise .... ive been doin it for ten years, didnt think you would mind, thats why i didnt ask you. im sorry if you feel 'invadded', clearly its some emotional problem on your part, hysteria or perhaps paranoia. id suggest some anti psychotics.

  • ZOMG! (Score:4, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 18, 2009 @07:30PM (#27631349)

    IT Professionals, working for major Universities, monitor network traffic?

    No. Fucking. Way.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 18, 2009 @07:50PM (#27631503)

    The Tech article says, though, that the reco[...]

    Look, timothy, little tip that'll make your job easier: Effectively zero Slashdotters read past the reminder that somebody can see them sometime, somewhere. They were all too busy alternating between sputtering gibberish, screaming in panic, and folding new layers on their tinfoil hats at that point.

    Next time, you can save yourself a lot of writing trouble by just linking to The Tech with the text "people bigger than you fnord can see you fnord fnord fnord", and the effect will be the same.

  • by carlzum ( 832868 ) on Saturday April 18, 2009 @08:42PM (#27631847)
    This is Quentin Smith reporting live from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. News agencies are reporting that MIT has been keeping records of network activity. It's a practice called "logging" by hackers, crackers, and other computer deviants. Using nefarious software techniques, "loggers" can identify and disrupt innocent users' botnets.

    Individuals with limited knowledge of computers like MIT students are particularly susceptible to these types of attacks. To combat these "loggers," experts suggest disabling firewalls and updating account information if you receive an email from your bank.
  • by BorgCopyeditor ( 590345 ) on Saturday April 18, 2009 @10:17PM (#27632511)

    Instead of trying ignoring it or steering the subject back to what's actually being discussed

    Ach! I know, I know, they put the pedal to the metal and just keep rolling and won't put the brakes on and finally literally drive the thread into the ground!

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